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San Jose Earthquakes suspend 1906 Ultras’ tifo privileges

Aug 2, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

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After what it considered to be an inappropriate tifo display (embedded below), the San Jose Earthquakes front office revoked the 1906 Ultras supporters’ group’s tifo privileges indefinitely.

In addition, the sanctions imposed on April 20, after an incident in Portland, Ore., that involved a broken car windshield allegedly caused by Ultras members, have been reinforced:

• The 1906 Ultras will be placed on indefinite probation.
• The 1906 Ultras’ travel privileges will be indefinitely suspended until further notice.
• The 1906 Ultras will not be allowed to utilize controlled smoke at any match.
• Due to the probation, language will be strictly monitored.

Here is the final straw that led to the tifo ban, before the Earthquakes took on the Portland Timbers on July 27:

UPDATE: It appears that wasn’t the only possibly offensive banner that night. Here is another one, which is a bit more indelicate:

The Ultras have a history of anti-Timbers tifo. Remember this one from last year?:

In conjunction with the front office’s statement, the 1906 Ultras released one of their own on Friday, responding primarily to sanctions handed down after the incident in Portland. The organization is convinced that “we are being collectively punished because no one was criminally charged for the Portland incident.”

In the statement, the Ultras copied an email from MLS executive vice president Nelson Rodriguez. Rodriguez writes that the Angel City Brigade, the Los Angeles Galaxy group involved in several arrests at a match away to the Earthquakes, was not collectively punished for that incident because arrests were made, unlike in Portland.

The Ultras found that response to be unsatisfactory, and based on the end of their statement, more trouble could be ahead:

From this day forward we shall be protesting – and defying – the unfair and illegitimate probation until it is ended.  Absent our consent, MLS and the Earthquakes cannot prevent Ultras members from traveling where they want, saying what they choose, and otherwise exercising the freedoms associated with being Americans.

This is a matter for the Portland police and district attorney’s office, who have so far declined to press charges.  Continuing punishment against the Ultras – which the league imposed precisely because NO charges were filed – is an abomination which we do not and will not recognize any longer.

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  1. mpacific - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Actually, this was the “final straw” https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/1005671_10152125168888327_837734968_n.jpg

    It reads “ONLY IN PDX RUNNING OVER A FEMALE MAKES U A VICTIM!”

    • Liviu Bird - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      The story has been updated. Thank you for your correction.

  2. jmillmac - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Please forgive me if I’m missing something obvious, but I don’t see anything even a little inappropriate in either of those tifos. Seriously, someone explain it to me, because I don’t see anything even worth reporting on, let alone worth probation & tifo banning.

    • yoshou - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      The “female” banner is a reference to the first incident in a series of hooligan acts carried out by the Ultras in Portland. It was this series of incidents that resulted in the Ultras’ probation in the first place. By blaming the victim in that first incident, the Ultras are showing a shocking lack of understanding as to why they were put on probation and that they didn’t learn anything from the punishment.

  3. footballer4ever - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    @jmillmac

    If you allow me to try to explain it, there’s nothing constructive or sporting related to show that up. Also, the fact that FEMALE genre was used in a non sporting context makes this display unproductive and tasteless for a league/sport who is trying to develop in our country.

    MLS is right to monitor these activities otherwise other supporters might be attempted to use other genres/races topics which can get out of hand and unproductive. Can’t them supporters keep the tifos sports related which will enhance the league, sport and rivalry instead of being stupid. MLS is striving to become one of the best football leagues in the world not only in the pitch, but outside of it and “supporters” like those are just pushing the envelope to see how far they can get. MLS does not need this type of supporters if their main intent is to be stupid in their actions and mentality.

  4. awsnavely - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    The first tifo seems somewhat laughable. Everyone’s strength is paid for. Including the Earthquakes.

    • talgrath - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:39 AM

      Yeah, pretty dumb. Wait, you mean people get paid to play in MLS? SHOCKING!

      • awsnavely - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        And I think they directed the tifo specifically at the Timbers Army, like MLS pays them and that’s why they’re recognized as one of the best supporters groups. Which is blatantly false and is completely counter-intuitive to the numerous times the TA has gone in opposition to MLS and even their own front office.

  5. ndnut - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Fighting the ban is their worst decision (save the incident in Portscum. I hate the Timbers, but the Ultras were just plain d-bags on that one). You stay classy, San Jose.

  6. jasonpdx2000 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:36 AM

    Portland barely just entered the league, so why do people hate them so much? The only ones I can see even remotely hating the Timbers are the Sounders fans, but that heated rivalry has been going on for decades. Why all the hate from San Jose?

  7. clem1980 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Oh, grow up! Aren’t you all a little too old for this kind of stuff? And besides, the gratuitous noise-making that’s done by every team’s supporters section at matches detracts from the fans’ enjoyment of the games. It’s NOT about you oddly-garbed and face-painted adolescents and adult cases of arrested development. It’s about the GAME.

  8. hildezero - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    @JasonPDX2000

    Maybe because San Jose is close to Portland which causes a rivalry?

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